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97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Keeping Your Child’s Smile Healthy

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Keeping Your Child’s Smile Healthy

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.   All month long, the Y-Country Medical Minute will feature a different topic on healthy smiles for your children.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses how to keep your child’s smile healthy.

Be a Role Model

Children imitate the actions around them so it is important to be a good role model and show them how to take care of their smile.  Rather than sending them to the bathroom to brush and floss their teeth on their own, brush and floss your teeth with them.  

2x2x2   

Teach your children the 2x2x2 rule.  Brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes each time.  Visit the dentist 2 times a year.  

Teach

Show your child how much toothpaste to use (rice-size amount).  Teach them to spit out the toothpaste after brushing.  Show them how to brush all of their teeth not just the ones in the front. 

Rewards

By making brushing your teeth fun, children are more willing to continue this healthy habit.   Let them choose their own toothbrush and consider utilizing a goal chart for them to earn a toy or reward of their choice.  

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.